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Archives: Jan. 2012


Cavalia takes a talented team to merge human and horse

CAVALIA UPDATE (Jan. 24): Cavalia announced today: “Due to the strong demand for tickets to ‘Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse,’ the organizers today announced an additional week of performances. Cavalia will now extend its run to February 19.”

NOTE: Read my review of Cavalia here. Below is a feature on the show’s creator, choreographer and a performer.

It’s been hard to miss the advertising for “Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse.” The traveling show has snapped up many of the high-profile billboards in the South Sound. The signs feature a

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Jay and Silent Bob get old at Emerald City Comicon

Jay and Silent Bob

The film comedy duo Jay and Silent Bob are headed to Emerald City Comicon in April.

The pair, whose real names are writer/director Kevin Smith and actor Jason Mewes, will make a special one night only appearance at 7 p.m. on April 1 (no, this is not an April Fools Day prank.)

Smith and Mewes left their mark on pop culture history with films like “Clerks,” “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy,” “Dogma,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Clerks 2.”

In Seattle they will record their comedy podcast “Jay & Silent Bob Get Old.” Tickets for the event will be sold separately. See below for more info.
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MLK Jr. Day events, Monster Trucks, Sports Fest, Children’s Museum opening and other happenings this weekend

Children’s Museum of Tacoma Grand Opening: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 9-10:30 a.m. member-only play; 10:45 a.m. opening ceremony; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. public play. Located at 1501 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Admission: Pay what you can. Memberships of $100/$125 get added benefits, including free programs and free parking. Information: 253-627-6031. Read our full review.

Dig out your ear plugs and head down to the Tacoma Dome for the annual Monster Jam Monster Truck Racing this weekend. See the likes of Grave Digger, Team Hot Wheels, Iron Man, Monster Mutt, Captain America and others go through the paces and create

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Celebrate MLK Jr. Day, see Monster Trucks, comedy, music and more happenings this weekend and beyond

Today– Monday
Join in celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr at any of these local events:

 Blacks In Government Region X 30th Annual Commemorative Banquet featuring speaker J. Davis Reeves, national president of Blacks In Government, 6 p.m. today at LaQuinta Inn and Suites, 1425 E. 27th St., Tacoma, $65.

 Bates Technical College, Downtown Campus, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today will feature, speakers Victoria Woodards, Tacoma city council member; Frank Boykin, executive, United Parcel Service; and Dr. Artee Young, executive director of The Evergreen State College, Tacoma campus. 253-680-7178,

 Redeeming the Vision 2012 Interfaith

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Tom Felton fan panel at ECCC set for April 1

Tom Felton

UPDATE: Emerald City Comicon has announced that due to a filming project, Tom Felton will be no longer be appearing at this year’s ECCC. He’s also canceled appearance at the Fan Expo Vancouver (April 21-22), and the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (April 27-29).

Organizers say he will make the 2013 ECCC.

The fan panel with Tom Felton that I’ll moderate at Emerald City Comicon has been set for 1:15 p.m. Sunday, April 1.

Felton is best known as the title character’s evil rival, Draco Malfoy, in the “Harry Potter” movies.

Last year I had the pleasure of interviewing actor John Noble from “Lord of the Rings” and “Fringe” at ECCC. I spent the first 15 minutes interviewing Noble on stage and then he took questions from the audience.
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Blues/R&B/Jazz Showcase all month at Imperial Dragon

UPDATE: Ginn tells me he has canceled this series.

Local music producer and promoter Tony Ginn has started a blues, R and B and jazz series at the Imperial Dragon restaurant. Friday and Saturday features the The Al Earick Blues Band.

The weekend series will run through January after which Ginn and Dragon owner Dustin Luu will decide on whether to continue the series.

It’s all part of Ginn’s master plan to develop a circuit of venues in the South Sound for performers of those genres. “And to get paid well for their artistry,” Ginn said.

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Skating champion Kimmie Meissner to appear in Tacoma

Kimmie Meissner (PHOTO: Disson Skating/IMG)

U.S. figure skating champion Kimmie Meissner will be in Tacoma on Saturday in advance of her performance in “Pandora Unforgettable Moments of Love On Ice” later this month.

Meissner will appear at 10:30 a.m. at Let’s Play! Sports and Fitness Fest taking place at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Meissner will participate in some of the activities, give a brief talk on her career as a professional ice skater and sign autographs.

The Fitness Fest is a two-day event hosted by Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Commission and the Tacoma Children’s Museum. The event has opportunities for kids and adults to participate, educate, and compete in a variety of recreational sports.

Click on “more” to learn about the “Pandora” show.
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Amanda Quick author Jayne Ann Krentz to give writing workshop and sign books at Lakewood library

New York Times bestselling and Seattle-based romance-suspense author Jayne Ann Krentz will give a writing workshop and sign books at Lakewood Pierce County Library on Saturday.

Krentz’s newest book in the Dark Legacy series – “Copper Beach” – releases today and it will be available for sale at the event. Krentz’s books can be found at Lakewood Library and throughout Pierce County Library System.

The 2 p.m. event at 6300 Wildaire Road S.W. is free but you must register online at: Friends of Lakewood Library are sponsoring the event.

Krentz will present her fiction writing workshop “Five Secrets to Getting Published.” There will be a Q and A followed by a book signing.
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